3 Little Known Facts about the Okra Festival – And Annie Mae’s Art

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Fact #1: It exists!  The Okra Festival is held annually, the last weekend in August, in Burkville, Lowndes County, AL about 20 miles west of Montgomery.  When I heard about it, I had to go, as fresh okra is one of my favorite things and the festival rated as one of the top things to do in August in Alabama, other than drink iced tea and sit under a fan.

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Find your fave Trivia Night in Bham

Eat. Drink. Think. Birmingham Pubs, Bars, and Restaurants are hosting regular nights to test your Trivia knowledge. Find your inner Einstein or Dwight Shroot with these fave Trivia Night locations.

  1. Blackwell’s Pub and Eatery

Every Monday at 7:30pm, this hip pub hosts Live Team Trivia. Topics vary but the fun never stops. With great food and a light, competitive atmosphere, you won’t want to miss out on this game.

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Don’t Miss Trucks by the Tracks

Some say the best food comes out of a truck. Now’s your chance to prove them right! This Sunday, September 18th, Trucks by the Tracks will be returning to Birmingham. From 11am – 5pm, make your way to Railroad Park and enjoy your favorite food trucks.

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Food, Culture and Friendship: Middle Eastern Food Festival

Starting today through Saturday,August 10th, St. George Catholic Church is presenting the Middle Eastern Food Festival.

This event is free for everyone. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the different varieties of food and delectable desserts. From Kibbee Sandwiches to Baklawa, you’ll get the chance to try authentic international cuisine.

Each day there will be Middle Eastern dancing along with other cultural presentations. Live Music will be on Friday and Saturday night. Come check out the booths and events and share in their culture and fun.


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Red Hills Brewery – Opening This Weekend in Homewood!

Courtesy of Red Hills Brew Pub

Started by a gastrointestinal doctor and a former marine, Red Hills Brew Co will open its doors this weekend.  Specialty will be ‘session’ beers meaning beers with less than 5.1% alcohol.  That means you can throw back a few with out sliding off your chair!

More here.

Woodlawn Street Market is Back! Saturday, Sept. 10th 10am-4pm

Want to feel the energy of a neighborhood revitalization?  Or, just want to have a great time?   Either way, come out and experience the Woodlawn Street Market with over 50 local vendors including produce and locally made items to satisfy your stomach and your eyes.

This Saturday, September 10th 10am-4pm.  Free!

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Alys Stephens Center Celebrating 20 Years with a FREE ‘Bandaloop’ Concert on Sept. 23rd

Compliments of the Alys Stephens Center
Compliments of the Alys Stephens Center

The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center will offer 29 performances this year, marking its 20th season.  The Center aims to attract people of all ages and income levels.  The Center is getting some upgrades with digital marques and new carpet among other things.

“We have a commitment to you to bring you things you haven’t seen before and to introduce new audiences to it,” says Anna Thompson, Executive Director of the Center. “We are committed to having multiple price points where nobody is turned away based on the cost of the event.”

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#Environmental Film Series, Thursday, Sept. 8th, Altamont School

If you are interested in learning more about some of the top environmental issues in Alabama now, then you must check out the Southern Exposure Film Festival this Thursday evening, 7pm at the Altamont School.  Oh, and it’s free!

Film topics include waste water, state parks, landfills, efficient energy for low income households, the Cahaba River and the importance of oysters, (other than being delicious!).

Six talented, emerging film makers, from various parts of the U.S., spent 6 weeks of their summer here in Alabama, thanks to a fellowship provided by Southern Exposure.  The film makers will present to talk about their films and share their summer experience in Alabama.

More on the Films.  Altamont School location.

Ever Wanted to Zip Line in the Dark? Now you Can!

 

Eagle Solar & Light, based in Birmingham, installed and donated ActiveLED solar lights and controls which brighten the 80 foot Kaul Adventure Tower when activity is present and dim when it is not.  This will enable nighttime activities to rappel, zip line or climb.

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Our Guide to Bham’s Farmers Markets

If you are looking for fresh, local produce, or maybe even artisan crafts and jewelry, Birmingham has the best of the best. Over the past few years, farmers markets have been popping up all over our city and there are a lot more in our area than you may know of. So, whether you are on a local produce kick or you just want to support our local artists, follow our guide to Birmingham’s Farmers Markets.

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UAB Football Breaks Ground on New Training Facility

It has been quite a journey for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Football team. It’s been two years since the program was shut down and nearly one year since it was reinstated because of the public outcry from the UAB and Birmingham community.

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Fireworks and Johnny Cash

This Friday, the Birmingham Barons are hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to begin closing out this dynamic baseball schedule.

Haven’t been to a Barons game this summer? Do you live under a rock?

None the less, you do not want to miss Friday’s game as it will feature hits by Johnny Cash synced to the exciting firework show!

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